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R.K. NarayanThe Novelist and His Art$
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Ranga Rao

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199470754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.001.0001

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Gunas Horror

Gunas Horror

Grandmother’s Tale*

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R.K. Narayan
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Ranga Rao

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.003.0019

Narayan’s last work, Grandmother’s Tale, a novella, tells the story of a determined young woman who goes searching for her husband missing for years. She succeeds in her mission but also encounters unexpected sub-sequences. Narayan’s final book is a good example. Narayan’s ‘telling’ strategy in this novella strikes us. Grandmother’s Tale is Narayan’s contribution to self-reflexive fiction. Towards the end of decades-long career as a storyteller, Narayan attempts to reconstruct in this book the story narrated by his own maternal grandmother Ammani, and also about her mother.

Keywords:   Ammani, Susan Ram, N. Ram, Narayan’s last novella, self-reflexive fiction

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